VDFP Senior Leadership Gains New Members
August 31, 2018

Fire Programs is adding two new members to its Senior Leadership staff who will fill the roles of Virginia Fire Marshal Academy Chief and Chief of Training and Operations.

Garrett Dyer – Virginia Fire Marshal Academy Chief

Effective September 10, Garrett joins VDFP with over 30 years of public safety experience. Throughout his career, Garrett has been involved in many facets of managing emergencies, developing training programs, and fire code enforcement.

In his role as the Acting Deputy Fire Chief in Fairfax County in 2006, Garrett provided oversight of several sections to include: Fire Investigations, Inspections, Revenue and Records, Hazardous Materials, and Technical Support Enforcement. He also served as the Public Safety Liaison for the World Police and Fire Games, a 10-day sporting event hosted by Fairfax County with 10,000 athletes from 67 countries.

Garrett has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, in addition to studying Pre-Hospital Clinical Medicine at George Washington University. He is also certified as an EMT by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and COV, fire & explosive investigator, and paramedic.

John Caussin – Chief of Training and Operations

Effective October 10, John joins VDFP with an extensive background in Fire Services and EMS. As a former Fire Marshal for Fairfax County, John provided leadership and necessary support to address emergency trends in the National Capital Region.

In the last 12 years, John served as the Assistant Fire Chief of the Business Services Bureau in Fairfax County where he led the Fire Prevention, Support Services, Fiscal Services, and Planning Section divisions, and legislative initiatives.

John has a bachelor’s degree in Communications, with a minor in Psychology from James Madison University, and an Associates of Applied Science degree in Fire Administration from Northern Virginia Community College. John studied under the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and National Registered Paramedic Program. He also completed the Senior Executive Institute at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVA.

John is certified as a NFPA 1031 Fire Inspector I and II, recently achieved the Advance Code Official designation, and maintains a secret clearance with the Department of Homeland Security.